fIFth Annual

Santa Barbara WILD!

A Benefit for Los Padres ForestWatch


Sunday, October 20, 2019

3:00 - 6:30 PM

The Garden Street Academy Playing Fields

2300 garden street (map)

Santa Barbara 


about The 2018 Santa Barbara WILD!

The 4th annual Santa Barbara WILD! event, a benefit for Los Padres ForestWatch, was held on the historic and beautiful campus of The Garden Street Academy. This spectacular landmark location was originally part of the Santa Barbara Mission.

Over 250 guests joined us in celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the San Rafael Wilderness while raising funds that will allow us to continue our work protecting wildlife, wilderness, and waterways in your local backcountry.

Guests were provided with locally sourced organic appetizers and dinner, local handcrafted wines and beer, live music with Spanish/Flamenco guitarist Chris Fossek, silent and live auctions, a live raffle, and an afternoon of fun, community, and friendship.

A green event

We are proud to have hosted a sustainably-produced event with recycling and composting provided by GreenProject Consultants. All event materials were printed on 100% post-consumer recycled paper whenever possible to protect the environment.

Live music

by Chris fossek

Santa Barbara’s CAMINO CIELO is one of the most scenic and beautiful roads in all of the country, with sky and ocean views as far as the eye can see. Chris Fossek has chosen to use the name as a fitting title for his debut album of Spanish and gypsy-style guitar, lending a flavor of early musical sounds that may have been heard in Santa Barbara and the surrounding Los Padres mountains. 

Chris Fossek has performed as a soloist and in ensembles in such venues as the Olympic Stadium of Rome, the Getty Museum and RedCat Theater in Los Angeles, and The Granada Theatre, The Lobero Theatre, and The New Vic Theater in Santa Barbara. He is a Top-Ten Billboard charting recording artist and composer who holds a Master’s degree in guitar performance from the California Institute of the Arts, where he was greatly inspired by his mentor, world-renowned guitarist, improvisor, and composer, Miroslav Tadic.

Born in Santa Barbara, California, and raised studying classical piano music, Chris Fossek has also lived for years in Italy, where he studied piano with Stefania Bellodi in Modena, and attended the faculty of DAMS at the University of Bologna. He has lived in Spain and Germany, and has traveled extensively throughout the "Greater Mediterranean" in such countries as Portugal, France, Slovenia, Croatia, and Turkey. His compositions are a unique blend of classical music, flamenco, eastern European folk music, and rock n' roll!

Learn more at… chrisfossekmusic.com

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Wilderness Legacy Award

2018 Recipient:  Dr. Rupert Cutler

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As the Assistant Executive Director of The Wilderness Society in the 1960s, Rupert Cutler was instrumental in working with local residents throughout Santa Barbara County to secure passage of the San Rafael Wilderness Act. Signed into law in 1968 and celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year, the San Rafael Wilderness was the first citizen-driven wilderness campaign and still serves as a model for how local residents can join together to preserve wilderness lands for current and future generations to enjoy. Dr. Cutler later served as assistant secretary for conservation, research, and education in the Carter Administration, senior vice president of the National Audubon Society, President/CEO of Defenders of Wildlife, and founding executive director of the Blue Ridge Land Conservancy in Virginia.

Click here to learn more about the Wilderness Legacy Award and this year’s recipient.

Become a

2019 sponsor

You can also submit your sponsorship payment online.

2018 Sponsors


BIG PINE Mountain

Yvon chouinard

Dick & Marilyn Mazess


Sisquoc River


Hurricane Deck

Gourmet Girls on Fire

Sharon Metsch

Allan Morton & Peet Steinmetz

Russell Radom

Renegade Wine Sales & Wine Storage

Signature Parking

The Wilderness Society


Manzana Creek

Richard Alberts

Blue Sky Center

Doug & Lee Buckmaster

Lois Capps

Defenders of Wildlife

Carlos Diaz-Saavedra

Peter Ford & Mary Howe-Grant

George Handler & Lila Trachtenberg

Ed & Andrea Kish

McGowan Guntermann

Morris & Garritano Insurance

SBCC Foundation

Kathy Tardy & Kurt Ranslem

Tutti Frutti Farm

Pat Veesart

Yes Yes Nursery

Oran Young & Gail Osherenko


Special thanks to our other supporters

Ashley Lee for assembling our program

Barry Remis for his steady event support over the years

Ellie Lawther, Anna deLaski, Russ Radom, and Terri Laine for their work on our Silent Auction

Lori’s Lemonade for refreshing organic lemonades


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Recognition In Santa Barbara Wild! Event Programs
Listing On Santa Barbara Wild! Webpage
Recognition At Santa Barbara Wild! On Professionally Designed Auction Display
Exposure To Thousands Of Potential Clients
Recognition In Post-Event "Thank You" Ad In The Santa Barbara Independent

2018 live auction



Located in a picturesque fishing village, surrounded by tropical foliage and overlooking the ocean and white sand beaches, the turquoise waters boast some of the best snorkeling, scuba diving, deep sea fishing, surfing, and whale watching in the world. Sleeps 12 and includes private chef and maid.

Generously donated by the Welborn family

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Luxury Getaway at the Belmond El Encanto Resort in Santa Barbara

Pamper yourself with a 3 day / 2 night stay in a premier bungalow for two high atop the renowned Santa Barbara Riviera amidst seven acres of lush gardens with views across the town and ocean.

Generously donated by Belmond El Encanto


CULINARY glAMPING WEEKEND AT blue sky center IN a Shelton hut

WITH gail kearns of the gourmet girls on fire

A special weekend of glamping and culinary exploration for two. You will have a hands-on experience assisting Gail Kearns, author of the Gourmet Girls Go Camping Cookbook, while learning to fine tune your alfresco cooking skills. Included is a private tour and tasting at the nearby Condor’s Hope Vineyard, where dry-farmed grapes and olives are grown in ways that respect and protect the natural surroundings.

Generously donated by: Blue Sky Center, Gail Kearns & The Gourmet Girls on Fire, and Condor’s Hope Vineyard

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Farm-to-Table Retreat at Sonoma Broadway Farms for 20 People

Close to downtown Sonoma, originally built in 1946, the 6 acre Sonoma Broadway Farms was sustainably rebuilt in modern chic barn house style in 2016. An idyllic farm-to-table retreat for your next family, business, or celebratory gathering. Your 3 day / 2 night stay includes family-style meals for guests prepared by personal Chef Brigette Theriault from White Apron in San Francisco.

Generously donated by:  Preston Raisin, and Sonoma Broadway Farms


Los Olivos Ranch House 2 night Stay & DINNER with the Solminer Wine Co. Winemaker for 8

Spend two nights on the beautiful deLanda Vineyard in the Solminer Wine Co. winemaker’s private guesthouse within walking distance of Los Olivos. Enjoy a catered gourmet dinner with the winemaker and sample Solminer Wine Co.’s finest organic, biodynamic wines.

Geneorously donated by:  Anna & David deLaski, and Chef Jake O. Francis

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Get an up-close and personal look at Ventura county's most successful internationally acclaimed outdoor company, Patagonia. Your group of 4 will learn about Patagonia's heart for conservation while visiting its international headquarters in downtown Ventura. This half-day tour led by a long-time Patagonia employee and Los Padres ForestWatch Board member includes a visit to Yvon Chouinard's forge, a healthy organic and sustainable lunch with Patagonia staff, a tour of the main campus where products are dreamed-up, designed, and put on the show-room floor, a visit to Patagonia's new private archive, and a visit with a special Patagonia vip.

Donated by Patagonia

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Remote Sespe Wilderness Retreat Stay for 4

Unplug from the stressful world and relax in this hidden mountain retreat. This remote property is nestled in Rose Valley approximately one hour north of Ojai and surrounded on four sides by the Los Padres National Forest. The home includes 2 beds/2 baths with large deck, stunning 360- degree mountain views of the Topatopa Mountains and Pine Mountain Ridge, and star-studded night skies. Peaceful, quiet, private, and secluded, you will be surrounded by nature and the sounds of two creeks (with seasonal swimming holes).

Donated by Carol & Doc Pierce

2018 Silent Auction


Santa Barbara Tennis Club Membership

Art by John Millei and Marcia Burtt

Cases, Magnums + Select Bottles of Premium Wines

Figueroa Mountain Gran Fondo VIP Package

Farm-to-Table Luncheon at Bedford Winery Courtyard

Original Framed Images

Custom Furniture

Mammoth Condo

Patagonia Jackets


Alfonso Madrigal

Aveda - Paseo Nuevo Mall

Bedford Winery

Betsy J. Green

Betty Belts

Big Agnes

Bill Rumbler Fine Art Photography

Blenders in the Grass

Blue Sky Center

Bob's Well Bread Bakery

Bryant Baker

Buttonwood Winery

Cachuma Press

California Field Atlas

Calla Gold Jewelry

Captain Fatty's Craft Brewery

Chaucer's Books

Condor Express

Cutler's Artisan Spirits

Dioji K-9 Resort & Athletic Club

Dr. John La Puma, M.D.

Ensemble Theatre Company

Evolutions Medical & Day Spa

Good Seed Coffee Boutique

Granada Theatre

Great Pacific Child Development Center


Hollister Brew Co.

Island Packers

Jay Ford

John Millei

Kaena Wine

Kahuna Grill

Keefrider Custom Furniture

Lama Dog Tap Room & Bottle Shop

Maison K

Marcia Burtt Gallery

Martian Ranch & Vineyard

MOXI - The Wolf Museum of Exploration and Innovation

Natura Culina Skincare

Natural Café

Nina Warner



Old Danish Fudge Kitchen

Pacific Pickle Works

Paddle Sports Center

Parks Project US


Patrick & Donna Will

PCPA Pacific Conservatory Theatre

Peet’s Coffee Downtown Santa Barbara

Pet House, Inc.

Refugio Ranch

Roblar Winery

Russ Bishop Photography

Rusty's Pizza Parlors, Inc.

Santa Barbara Film Festival

Santa Barbara Tennis Club

Santa Barbara Trolley/ Wheelfun Rentals

Sharon Metsch

Smoke Mountain Brewery

Stolpman Vineyards

Surf Happens

Terri Laine

Tim Hauf Photography


Topa Topa Brewing

Ventura Spirits donated by Cynthia Grier

wall space creative / Jim Stoicheff